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January Jones' Mad Men contract and other news

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 19th 2009 11:02AM
betty_draper_January_Jones_AMCWhen we last saw Betty Draper, she was on a plane to Reno with Henry Francis by her side. Was that the end of her story, especially since Don Draper's undoubtedly going to go on without her? Well, Matthew Weiner doesn't like to give away much about the future, but January Jones has renewed her contract with Mad Men.

Weiner confirmed it and spoke about some other bits and pieces from the Mad Men finale. He was in a giving mood. It wasn't just the holiday season, either. Mad Men had a great week in award nominations -- Golden Globes, Writers Guild and Screen Actors Guild.

First, Betty -- I mean January. According to Weiner, "January's contract has been renewed." As for Betty as a character, Weiner referred to one of his writers, Lisa Albert, explaining that the relationship with Henry is crucial to Betty. "Betty will go through this process while learning the least amount possible." Despite the fact that Betty and Henry have yet to make love, they are heading to a wedding. It seems improbable in today's sensibility, but Weiner's story is set in 1963.

Why would Betty want Henry? "He's a handsome guy who says, 'You'll never have to work again.' A lot of women like that. ... Henry has been good to her, and I think she knows what he's about, and he's a very exciting person for her. I think he's the anti-Don in the sense that he seems very grounded. All I can tell you is that, as a pregnant woman, when he treated her sexually at a party, something happened in her brain chemistry."

Looking at the other major upheaval on the show, the emergence of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce, Weiner said that things like that happened in the advertising business. And other businesses, too. "If you look at the history of the era, this is what would happen-the British were taking over companies at that time. ...There's also stuff from Hollywood-the guys from Endeavor Agency left ICM in the middle of the night and took everything."

Regarding Joan and her troubled marriage, Matthew said, "She bet on the wrong horse." Oooh, that doesn't bode well for Joanie.

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Robin

I believe Betty, like all women [and even men for that matter] has a normal desire and need to be not merely loved for her pristine, Golden Girl appearance and trophy wife status. She's growing as a person and as a woman and has begun to understand, I think, that she needs appreciation and unconditional love.

Her family background was stoic and feelings were not readily spoken about nor forthcoming. She clearly requires what Henry appears to be willing to provide/offer for her and her 3 children, a dynamic with which many men would not be willing to climb aboard.

Don became considerably too egotistical as well as cavalier about his "place" in the home, as well as his sexual activities and for that he was not only caught, but called out on the carpet by modest little Betty. When she told him she didn't love him anymore, I could see how the best of Don had just totally collapsed and broke like a rotten stick -- last scene, in the bedroom where he was seated, shoulders slumped, head bent.

I'd surely love to see Betty & Henry make a real go at a marriage, but with Mad Men [Weiner], fortunately, we never know!!

Keep us guessing Mr. Weiner!!

~Robin~

January 14 2010 at 4:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robin

Love Betty as The long suffering Ice Queen Suburbanite Wife. But no one has yet to mention Sal since last seen being fired.

The most tragic person in the entire series, in my opinion, was Sal Romano.

Life's complicated and hard enough without being a [closeted] gay male, especially back in the early 1960 - topped off, being an former employee of a most WASPY, and conservative ad agency.

Last seen, Sal after having been so unceremoniously kicked to the curb by Roger Sterling, was just about to allow himself to be himself, dropping all pretenses, however momentarily, at a pay phone dead in the center of what appeared to be Central Park's prime gay crusing area. I actually applauded when I saw that last scene, and said aloud, "You Go Sal!!!" I suspect his wife's suspicions are now, no longer merely suspicions.

I was however, most irritated with Don's reaction to Sal's confession of having been inappropriately approached by a [closeted and disgustingly vindictive] client of the agency's.

Still love him though.

~Robin~

January 14 2010 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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